A Life-Changing Diagnosis: Colon Cancer & Me

I’ve been a bit quiet of late… In truth the last two weeks have been the most agonising, nerve-wracking and heartbreaking of my life. On May 17th I underwent a series of hospital procedures and was told with 99% certainty that I had colon cancer. Biopsies and scans were taken. Results would need to be waited for. Today it was…

View Post

My Response To The Daily Mail’s Hatchet Job On Mum Bloggers…

Oh you rotters. You’ve done it again. Not content with degrading The Labour Party and the International Development community, you’ve turned your hateful attentions to us mum bloggers, singling out The Unmumsy Mum & Hurrah For Gin for extra detention. You call us ‘slapdash’ and ‘patronising’ to those who feel fulfilled as mothers. You accuse us of pimping out our…

View Post

The Night My Daughter Called Out For Daddy, Not Me

I’ve been working too much recently. My book has a deadline. My blog commitments are growing. I don’t see my bed much before midnight and my weekends are mostly spent locked away with just a laptop, a strong cup of coffee and me. Last night I felt the full weight of my absence from my girls. At precisely 1am it…

View Post

A Day In The Life Of Small Children: Scene 1

I found a box of old film scripts yesterday, leftovers from a previous life. It got me thinking… What would the script of a real mum’s life look like? Hmmmm. Well, here’s my version: SCENE 1: ‘Would you like a snack?’ INT: UNTIDY COTTAGE – DAY. Mum enters the room. Her long brown hair is disheveled. She has a wary look on her face. It’s 3:10pm.…

View Post

*Book Review Week – Julia Donaldson: My Children’s Favourites & Why (In Their Own Words)

My final post for the Kids Vs Copy Book Review Week is all about Julia Donaldson. I could wax lyrical about her rhyming couplets but that’s a bit Guardian Books for my liking. Instead, I’m going to let my kids take the lead which is much more fun. I’ve asked them to choose three Julia Donaldson books each and explain…

View Post

Breastfeeding: Society’s Expectation Vs. Your Own Sanity

It starts with a feeling, a rising from the pit of my stomach. I don’t like it. It tastes wrong. It’s a guilty secret, the kind I could never ever share. Yet the more I think it, the more unruly it becomes… I don’t like breastfeeding. It’s 3am. Emily is six weeks old. I’m sitting up in bed with one…

View Post

A Few Of My Favourite Things… May

Every month I like to list some of the things I’m loving right now. I try to include what I’m wearing, eating, addicted to on TV (usually something on Sky Atlantic or Netflix) and what I’m dancing round my half-finished kitchen to… Here’s what I’m loving in May:   What I’m Wearing… Ballet Pumps – With Spring moving into Summer, it’s time to kick…

View Post